ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent TE Luke Willson, the club announced Friday.
Willson joins the Raiders after spending the 2018 season as a member of the Detroit Lions. Prior to his year in Detroit, he spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks after originally joining the club as a fifth-round selection (158th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Willson has played in 86 career games with 45 starts, recording 102 receptions for 1,216 yards with 11 touchdowns over his six-year career. In nine career postseason games, he has totaled 13 receptions for 154 yards with one touchdown.
Last season, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end appeared in 14 games with eight starts for the Lions, posting 13 receptions for 87 yards. He recorded a career-high four touchdowns in 2017 with Seattle and set career highs in both receptions (22) and receiving yards (362) in 2014, while adding three touchdowns on the season. As a rookie in 2013, Willson played in all 16 games with seven starts, totaling 20 catches for 272 yards while helping the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII.
A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Can., Willson appeared in 45 games over five seasons (2008-12) at Rice. He completed his collegiate career with 78 catches for 986 yards with nine touchdowns.
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The Essex Ravens are excited to welcome back Coach Joe D'Amore to the varsity coaching staff. Coach D'Amore will fill the role of Offensive Co Ordinator. Last time Coach D'Amore was with the Varsity Ravens (2010) they won a championship.
Defensive Back Ryan Nono has committed to play his post secondary football at the University of Windsor
Wide Receiver Vyshonne Janusas has committed to play his post secondary football at the University of Western Ontario.
Defensive Back Kikonde Mwondha has committed to play his post secondary football at the University of Windsor
Linebacker Zack Argent has committed to the University of Windsor Lancers. Congrats Zack.
Congratulations to Jaxon Morkin who recently committed to play his university football for the Windsor Lancers.
The Department of Athletics has announced that Joe D'Amore is stepping down as the head coach of the Lancer Football program after eight seasons. The move is effective immediately.
D'Amore was the fourth head coach in the Lancers' 50-year history of the football program, following a one year-stint as the interim head coach in 2011.
The Windsor native led the Lancers to four straight OUA playoff appearances from 2011-14 and was the Tuffy Knight Award winner as the OUA Football Coach of the Year in 2011 after his team finished with a 5-3 record and advanced to the OUA semi-finals.
He also played for the Lancers from 1996-2000 as a standout wide receiver and he served as the team captain for three seasons.
"I would like to thank Joe for his hard work and his contributions to Lancer Football over the past eight seasons," said Director of Athletics Mike Havey. "He is a true Lancer who was committed as both a coach and as a student-athlete to represent the University of Windsor with great pride and spirit. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Under his guidance, 23 Lancer student-athletes earned OUA all-star honours, while three went on to be named U SPORTS all-Canadians. Coach D'Amore also had 9 players drafted by CFL teams, including Randy Beardy who captured a Grey Cup with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016.
"For the past 8 years I have had the honour and privilege to lead the Lancer Football team, along with hundreds of outstanding young men,' says D'Amore. "I want to thank my entire Lancer Family including my coaches and players for all their dedication and support during my time here. It has been an incredible ride and I will continue to follow and support all the Lancer teams in the future. I am excited about the next chapter in my life however I will always be a proud Lancer because that is who I am and that is who I will always be."
The University of Windsor will begin a national search immediately for the next head coach of the Lancer Football program.
With an MIAA-record 26 field goals this season, along with an FHSU-record 114 points scored, Dante Brown is the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year.
The Essex Ravens are excited to have Chris lead the JV program into the 2019 season. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge both as a player and a coach.
Coach Church Bio
Played 5 years and was a 2x all city selection for Mc'Gregor panthers Three time All Canadian for Windsor Lancers Member of Gino Fracas Wall of Honour. Inducted into University of Windsor Athletic Hall of Fame.
Windsor Minor Football for 15 years
Essex Ravens 2006-2015
Cardinal Carter 2006-present
Windsor Lancers 2011-2017
The Essex Ravens would also like to thank Coach Randy Beardy for his commitment this past season and wish him all the best as he continues to pursue his dream of being a full time coach.
Chris was born and raised in Windsor. Played high school football at WD Lowe Secondary. 2 time All City RB. Played at the University of Windsor for 3 seasons and AKO Fratmen for one.
While at the University won OUAA Rookie of the Year. Name OUAA all star and second team CIS. OFC all star for the AKO Fratmen. Led the league in rushing. Grateful to have been coached by Gino Fracas, John Mussleman and Mike Morencie. Drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos.
Coached 4 years at Oakridge HS in London, WR, QB and RB's
Oakville Minor Football
WR and QB coach
Oakville Holy Trinity
Junior team OC
Senior Team RB coach
I would also like to thank Coach Mills and the Ravens Organization for the opportunity to be part of such and outstanding group of coaches and players.
We are excited to have Chris join the Ravens Family his knowledge and expertise will help propel our athletes to the next level. Welcome Chris.
Congratulations to the Following Essex Ravens who made the 54 man roster. We had 9 Ravens make the list. Good Luck moving forward. Bring home the Gold in Calgary.
James Hanlon LB
Ethan Mackinnon WR
Zack Argent LB
Jaxon Morkin OL
Bret Macdougall DB
Brendyn Fountain OL
Cam Creechan K/P
Devin Veresuk DL
Dominic Price OL
Extremely Proud. Represent the Essex Ravens with Class.#compete
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